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Solomon Parks
Birth: Sep. 20, 1831
Parks Crossroads
Randolph County
North Carolina, USA
Death: Nov. 7, 1914
Fannin
Goliad County
Texas, USA

SOLOMON PARKS WAS THE FOURTH SON BORN TO JOAB AND LUCY YORK PARKS.

SOLOMON PARKS WAS BORN IN RANDOLPH CO.,NORTH CAROLINA ON AUGUST 20,1831. HIS FATHER HAD GIVEN HIM A HORSE AND AT THE AGE OF 13 SOLOMON RAN AWAY FROM HOME BECAUSE HIS FATHER HAD SOLD HIS HORSE. HE STOLE A MULE AND HEADED BAREBACK FOR TEXAS.

ALONG THE WAY HE TRADED THE MULE FOR A MARE AND A PIECE OF A SADDLE. YEARS LATER HE RETURNED TO HIS FATHER WITH HORSES HE ROUNDED UP FROM MEXICO TO REPAY HIS FATHER FOR THE STOLEN MULE.

SOLOMON TRAVELED FROM PLACE TO PLACE UNTIL HE ENDED UP IN AUSTIN, TEXAS IN 1846. HE WORKED TENDING BAR AT THE CORNER OF PECAN AND FIFTH STREETS UNTIL HE COULD AFFORD A HORSE.

AFTER SAVING SOME MONEY HE OPERATED A KIND OF PAWN SHOP ABOVE THE GAMBLING HALL. HE PAWNED SADDLES, LEGGINGS AND ANYTHING OF VALUE. SOL LEFT AUSTIN IN 1847 ON A GOOD HORSE AND WITH MONEY IN HIS POCKET.

IN 1851-52 HE PANNED FOR GOLD IN SACREMENTO. HE PANNED IN WATER UP TO HIS WAIST AND CONTRACTED SOME KIND OF RHEUMATISM OR ARTHRITIS FROM BEING EXPOSED TO THE COLD WATER FOR LONG PERIODS. HE MAY HAVE ALSO HAD A PAWNBROKERAGE IN THE MINING AREA.

IN THE LATER 1850'S HE CONTRACTED YELLOW FEVER FOR MONTHS, WHILE IN ACAPULCO,MEXICO. AN OLD MEXICAN WOMAN NURSED HIM BACK TO HEALTH. IT WAS THERE THAT HE LEARNED TO SPEAK SPANISH.

HE PASSED THROUGH GOLIAD IN 1851 ON HIS WAY TO SACREMENTO, CALIFORNIA. IN 1859 HE RETURNED WITH $20,000 IN GOLD IN HIS SADDLE BAGS. HE LIVED AT THE SIEDEL HOTEL. HE STATED THAT HE LIKED GOLIAD BETTER THAN ANY PLACE HE HAD BEEN AND DECIDED TO LOCATE THERE.

IN THE 1860 CENSUS, HE IS SHOWN AT THE HOTEL AS S. PARKS , 28, TRADER, N. CAROLINA. HE IS REPORTED TO HAVE ARRIVED ON HORSEBACK WITH THE GOLD IN HIS SADDLEBAGS, TRAVELING AT NIGHT, AND HOLDING UP IN THE DAYTIME TO KEEP THE INDIANS FROM SEEING HIS CAMPFIRE.

SOLOMON BOARDED AT THE BENHAM RANCH, WHICH HE AFTERWARD PURCHASED. IN 1860 HE BOUGHT THE ORIGINAL TRACT OF LAND FROM MR VAN METER (WILLIAM BROMBLY TRACT).
THIS WAS ALMOST THE EXACT LOCATION OF THE PRESENT RANCH HOUSE. IN 1860 HE FOUNDED THE PARKS RANCH.

HE WOULD GO TO MEXICO AND ROUND UP WILD MULES, HORSES AND CATTLE AND RETURN TO SELL THEM IN TEXAS AND LOUISIANA. AS HE ACCUMULATED MONEY HE WOULD BUY ADJACENT PROPERTY.

IN 1874 HE MARRIED LOUISE LUCAS AND LATER HAD 2 CHILDREN. HE WAS MUCH OLDER THAN LOUISE AND WAS QUOTED 'WELL, YOU DIDN'T GET WHAT YOU WANTED BUT YOU GOT THE BEST THE MARKET AFFORDED!'

HE HAD NICKNAMES FOR EVERYONE. LOUISE HUGGINS DONOGHUE WAS 'RABBITT'. SOL MINCHEN PARKS WAS 'CLUCKY'. HIS DAUGHTER IDA LAURA WAS 'SCRAP' AND HER HUSBAND W.O. HUGGINS WAS 'OBADIAH'.

AT HIS DEATH, SOLOMON PARKS HAD ACCUMULATED 14,076 ACRES OF LAND.

ACCORDING TO HIS ATTORNEY SOLOMON PARKS WAS ' GENEROUS, A GOOD NEIGHBOR AND EASY TO GET ALONG WITH, PROVIDED THE OTHER FELLOW HAD HIS RESPECT AND CONFIDENCE, SOUGHT TO BE TAKEN, HE WAS A GOOD AND LASTING ENEMY.'
 
 
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 Parents:
  Joab Parks (1802 - 1881)
  Lucy York Parks (1807 - 1884)
 
 Spouse:
  Louise Lucas Parks (1851 - 1943)
 
 Children:
  Cyrus Brohier Parks (1875 - 1959)*
  Ida Laura Parks Huggins (1879 - 1961)*
 
 Siblings:
  Thomas Parks (1830 - 1905)*
  Solomon Parks (1831 - 1914)
  Eliza Ann Parks Taylor (1833 - 1895)*
  Emeline Parks Cravens (1835 - 1902)*
  George Washington Parks (1839 - 1914)*
 
*Calculated relationship
 
Inscription:
He rode on horseback from the Atlantic to the Pacific. He came to Goliad in 1951. No one in need ever appealed to him without receiving assistance.
 
Burial:
Oak Hill Cemetery
Goliad
Goliad County
Texas, USA
Plot: C-i-1
 
Maintained by: Bonnie Parks
Originally Created by: Tom Denham
Record added: Aug 11, 2000
Find A Grave Memorial# 5036395
Solomon Parks
Added by: Bonnie Parks
 
Solomon Parks
Added by: Bonnie Parks
 
Solomon Parks
Added by: Bonnie Parks
 
 
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- lana (wahl) mckinny
 Added: Apr. 5, 2013
Sol Parks placed an old iron gin screw at the spot marking the last battle and capture of Col. Fannin's men in Goliad County. It took two yoke of oxen and a strong coupling pole to transport the thing. With the aid of a fair sized crew the screw was enpla...(Read more)
- Bonnie Parks
 Added: Mar. 2, 2009
Sol Parks Ranch Registered Cattle Brand
- Bonnie Parks
 Added: Mar. 2, 2009
 
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